Austrian Prime Minister Nehammer is positive for coronavirus

Berlin-Austria’s Prime Minister Karl Nehammer tested positive for the coronavirus, the Prime Minister’s Office said Friday, adding that he was in self-quarantine and showed no symptoms.

“Don’t worry, I’m fine and fine,” Nehammer said, the Prime Minister said.

The infection apparently occurred Wednesday night due to contact with a member of his security team who tested positive on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The conservative Nehammer, who has been vaccinated three times, is doing public affairs from home via video and conference calls and will not attend public appointments in the coming days. Nehammer’s wife and children were negative on the test, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The news came after 49-year-old Nehammer announced new measures on Thursday to curb the pandemic epidemic and pushed forward with plans to mandate vaccinations starting next month.

By Riham Alkousaa and Michael Shields